Like most things on the Internet, ebook digital publishing evolves very rapidly, and what may be relevant today may not be within a month or two. At the time of writing many traditional self publishing companies now offer ebook deals bundled with a print book deal package. However self publishing a print book, can be quite involved, and it is possible to publish an e-book without the print version yourself.
Just like when publishing a book in print, before publishing an ebook you should make sure it is the best it can be. It should be free from spelling mistakes, properly formatted and contain interesting information or a fascinating story.
When publishing any book you will also need to create a cover. You should hire a professional for this if possible because the cover on an ebook is basically the main selling point. It needs to be eye-catching, but should not contain too much detail because it also needs to look good in thumbnail version. If you look around you will see a lot of really bad self-published covers, so make sure you do not make this mistake, as it will be critical in terms of the number of sales you achieve.
Ebooks should be priced cheaply to sell, unless the information you are offering is truly outstanding. As a rough guide $5.99 is the maximum price point, and $0.99 the lowest. Although you will likely sell more copies at $0.99, this will not necessarily earn you a better income, so this is something you will need to consider carefully.
Publishing on Amazon Kindle is a great place to start, but the percentage paid to the publisher is fairly low, starting at just 35% for books priced below $2.99, but going on to a more respectable 70% for all those who set the price point between $2.99 a $9.99. Many Kindle marketplace many authors offer their e-book’s free, as this results in hundreds of downloads and hopefully good feedback. Once they have feedback in place they put a price on the book.
There are many options available to you in regard to where you can sell your book. As previously mentioned you can put it on the Kindle market place, or choose a smaller site like Smashwords.com or Lulu. You can of course offer your book on various platforms at the same time, although you will lose out on the many benefits Amazon offers authors who publish exclusively on Amazon.